Journal Reviews

Journal Reviews

“The title of this film, Breadfruit and Open Spaces explains the imagery captured by Quan-Bautista as she mingled and became a part of these Micronesian families. She saw the deep value these people had in being connected to the land. She saw how they managed their space through a shifting of her Chamorro lenses to that of her promise sister Kathy Martin’s lenses. Key to Quan-Bautista’s successful documentary was this very relationship with Kathy.” Pacific Studies Journal


“Culturally speaking, Bautista observes many parallels between the Chuukese residents of the subdivision and the indigenous Chamorro people. Notions of land, space, family, kinship, food, and some traditions are similar. Other Chuukese cultural traditions, while not distinctly parallel to Chamorro cultural understandings in contemporary Guam, are nonetheless informative and insightful. For example, Bautista’s subtle exploration of gendered Chuukese culture understandings of space—including potent issues of shame bearing on the body, with respect to clothing choices, the placement of public outhouses, and the gendering of domestic space in family homes—is all the more remarkable for her taut, concise filmmaking.” The Contemporary Pacific Journal